A fresh interim featherweight champion is set to emerge on October 6th as Thanh Le is slated to take on Ilya Freymanov at the ONE Fight Night 15 event, set to unfold at Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok, Thailand.
Officials from ONE Championship have confirmed this exciting matchup, which comes as a result of an unfortunate injury that reigning featherweight champion Tang Kai sustained, preventing him from defending his belt. Tang had initially secured the gold with a victory over Le in August 2022. However, his hopes of unifying the title will have to wait until he makes a full recovery.
In the meantime, Thanh Le aims to capture the interim title. He has an impressive track record in ONE Championship, boasting a five-fight winning streak, which includes notable triumphs over fighters like Martin Nguyen and the multi-time grappling champion Garry Tonon. Overall, Le holds a 5-1 record in ONE, with all five of his wins coming via knockout. His lone setback was against Tang, a decision loss.
Ilya Freymanov, the Russian contender, seeks to enhance his 2-0 record in ONE Championship. He secured a victory against Nguyen and a submission win over Shinechagtga Zoltsetseg in his most recent outing in June. Freymanov, with a commendable 12-2 record overall, will attempt to secure the interim title in just his third appearance with ONE when he faces Thanh Le in October.
The Le vs. Freymanov bout adds even more excitement to an already stacked lineup at ONE Fight Night 15. The event includes three additional title fights spanning Muay Thai and kickboxing, along with a highly anticipated grappling supermatch between Mikey Musumeci and former ONE champion Shinya Aoki.